Angels Watching Over Me: Chapter 2 Part 5

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 28th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Where we left off:

The young Carrissa is very lonely. She is estranged from her mother and she develops an imaginary friend who she calls Honey. Her sisters are well aware of this imaginary friend but warns her not to speak of her in front of their mother who is sick in bed. They say the friend will disturb the mother. Carissa hardly get the chance to see her mother anyhow.

The sick lady in the room

“Shh Honey I have to go now. Kay tay Ann says I need to see her... You know her!... No my Mama the sick lady in the room. I have to show her my new dress…. Yes the one Kay tay Ann sewed for me… I got to go Kay tay Ann is coming up the stairs.”

Apparently, protecting Kate from the mention of Honey was not enough to keep her well. On June 4, 1955 when Carissa was just eight years old. Kate Forbes died. Though she suffered from heart problems, it was a major stroke that took her life.

The telephone rang

The telephone rang once again, partially bringing Carissa back to the present. Yet she continued to dream unperturbed by the constant ringing. Her dream regressed as she remembered her first day at school.

“I don’t want to go. I won’t go. I am going to stay home with you Kay tay Ann, just like always.” said Carissa on the morning of her first day of school.

She was six years old and had never been away from home unaccompanied by her siblings. Now she was expected to stay all day at a school with children she didn’t know.

“Is my teacher big and mean like Winn? Will she make me take a nap when I don’t want to?” Carissa demanded.

There was nothing Katie-Ann could say to console the child. She practically had to drag Carissa out of the truck and push her all the way up the school stairs.

The school secretary

Katie-Ann ushered Carissa into the main office where they were greeted by the school secretary.

“So this is the last Forbes child at home,” the secretary remarked.

Katie-Ann nodded.

The secretary continued, “Katie-Ann, I know you have done a wonderful job raising your sister, but I am concerned about you. You are a young girl and you do not have a life of your own. You should be dating and thinking about getting married, not raising your little sisters all by yourself. Let me send the social worker over to your house just to see how things are and to help you out if needed. How old are you now, 18 or 19?” she asked.

“I am 20 years old and I don’t need no social worker snooping around my house. I have done fine without them up till now, and I will continue to do so. Those old busybodies can go see the people who really need them.” Katie-Ann responded.

“Please don’t take it that way, I only wanted to …” the secretary started to say when she was cut off.

“Mrs. Peterson, if you don’t mind I have to get Carissa to class. I don’t want her late on her very first day.”

Katie-Ann grabbed her sister’s hand and left the office abruptly, dragging the child behind her.

Carissa started to whine, “But I don’t want to go to class. I want to go home with you.”

“Hush child, Katie-Ann responded sharply. “You will go to class you hear and you will behave yourself. Everyone will know that I taught you right.”

to be continued

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
29th Nov 2015 (#)

Hi Carol I dunno if it was just because of my months of inactivit but this series of yours is a refreshing genre from your repertoire of academic articles and personal writings. Glad to read this really.

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author avatar Carol Roach
29th Nov 2015 (#)

thank you, this is my book which I am posting here for the people of wikinut to enjoy

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author avatar spirited
29th Nov 2015 (#)

Hi Carol,

I wonder if your original book had any illustrations in it, or not.

I didn't want to go to school/kinder either, and I was also carried in under some strong neighbour's arm.

It's hard to know if we should force kids that young to go or not. Mum always said she should have kept me home for another year.

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author avatar Carol Roach
29th Nov 2015 (#)

no dear no illustrations, all that stuff would have cost money and as you know I have no money, I have a fundraiser going on for donations to help with a financial concern that I have as we speak

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
29th Nov 2015 (#)

You can crowdraise some elementsyou need for your book...i can provide book cover for one. Let me know.

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author avatar Carol Roach
29th Nov 2015 (#)

the book is published in 2007 it is old now.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
29th Nov 2015 (#)

Book cover design I mean.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
5th Dec 2015 (#)

Carol, thanks for sharing this part. I felt sorry for Carissa but I also felt sorry for her sister. Family is family though and they are doing what is necessary. Great writing.

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